Last Tuesday I managed to get time to see the Vermeer exhibition currently on at the National Gallery, Vermeer and Music. The exhibition was prompted by the fact that the Guitar Player, usually on display at Kenwood, has been loaned to them while Kenwood is refurbished. They also have two (matching) works of women at keyboards and were able to borrow a similar affair from the Queen plus one more small picture from somewhere else, making five Vermeers in all. Five may not sound like many but there are only around thirty about so its probably worth paying the fee just to see that many paintings in one room. With the Vermeers they have various other contemporary Dutch interiors featuring musical instruments. They also sought out examples of several of the instruments featured and they are displayed too. I particularly enjoyed seeing the lute and the guitar they have. I think they have people playing chamber music there some days but not when I went. With a detailed analysis of composition and technique and two short introductory films, this exhibition is well worth catching. It closes September 8. More here.
Bonhoeffer uses a similar phrase 'worldly Christianity'. It's J Gresham Machen that I want to line up most closely with. See his Christianity and culture here. Having done commentaries on Proverbs (Heavenly Wisdom) and Song of Songs (Heavenly Love), a matching title for Ecclesiastes would be Heavenly Worldliness. For my stance on worldliness, see 3 posts here.